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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA / A news summary | The Regional
Review / DEVELOPMENTS IN ORANGE, RIVERSIDE, SAN BERNARDINO
AND VENTURA COUNTIES

Train Station Project to Benefit College Students

May 26, 2000

CAMARILLO — A planned $4.5-million expansion of the Camarillo train station is the first step toward the creation of a mid-county transportation hub, one that will provide more transit opportunities for students at the developing Cal State Channel Islands.

Set to begin in August, the station expansion will double to 600 the number of parking spaces, add another train platform and improve lighting and security. Plans call for a modified track for train passing and a pedestrian over-crossing on the north side of the Ventura Freeway.

The expansion, expected to be completed in 2002, is partly designed to accommodate growing transportation demands of students at the nearby university, said Mary Travis, director of rail programs for the county transportation commission.

But it could evolve into a substantial transportation center, capable of handling more trains, buses and cars near the Ventura Freeway, outlet shops and a downtown promenade.

This week the Camarillo City Council recommended awarding a $300,000 contract to Vicqui McCaslin, a local artist, to design a Spanish-style facade for the inside walls of the planned train shelter.

Her baroque designs and tile work are meant to complement the ongoing redevelopment theme of downtown Camarillo, said transportation engineer Tom Fox.

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